He is currently negotiating with a shop owner over the price of his daughter and said: "She may have a better future working in a shop than staying with me."
As the grip of desperation tightens, the people of Afghanistan are ready to sell everything they own to put whatever little they possibly can on the table. According to The Times, one desperate father is ready to exchange his four-year-old daughter for money because he believes he has no other option to feed his family.
The father named Mir used to work as a police officer before losing his job. Now that the country's economy continues to sink after the Taliban takeover, Mir has decided to sell his daughter to stay afloat.
"I would prefer to die than be reduced to selling my daughter," Mir said, as quoted by New York Post. "But my own death wouldn’t save anyone in my family. Who would feed my other children? This isn’t about choice. It’s about desperation."
After Mir lost his job in Ghazni, he escaped and ran away to Kabul with his wife and five children. He found work as a porter but does not make enough to even pay his rent, according to Mirror.
Afghan dad trying to sell daughter to keep family from starving https://t.co/igHuoPVLXN— Global Times Nigeria (@globaltimesng) September 9, 2021
As Mir scrambles around to survive, he has decided to sell his daughter, Safia, and is already bargaining with someone over the price. "I received an offer from a shop owner, a man I knew who had no children," the helpless father told The Times, as quoted by New York Post.
At first, the shop owner said he was ready to pay the equivalent of about $230 for 4-year-old Safia. However, Mir is hoping for the equivalent of nearly $580 in exchange for the little girl.
So fast is the rush to sell and flee amid Afghanistan's diminishing economy that Jada-e Maiwand, a bazaar, has spilt from its usual confines onto the banks of Kabul's River— The Times (@thetimes) September 9, 2021
This is where @A_Loyd_Times found a father trying to sell his 4-year-old daughterhttps://t.co/xdjjuhKNzW
"He offered 20,000 afghanis for my daughter Safia to live with him and start working in his shop," Mir said. "But I can’t sell my daughter for that low a price, so I asked for 50,000." The father hopes that this gut-wrenching process will lead to a better future for Safia than the one she would have had if she stayed back.
"We are still discussing," Mir said. "She may have a better future working in a shop than staying with me, and the price may save my family."
Mir also mentioned that he could "buy her back" later if he had the money for it.
"Don’t think I am any different to you," Mir told the interviewer. "Don’t think I didn’t love the baby child I brought into the world and have loved her ever since, don’t think I am not distraught at the thought of selling my daughter—I just can’t see what else I can do."
During the interview, Mir mentioned that the plight of Afghans is getting worse because of poverty—a problem that currently seems to have no immediate solution in sight.
Mir said, "To work, without ever having enough to pay the bills, and come home to see your wife and children getting hungrier as you slide daily into worse debt without any hope that things will get better is a form of pain and worry as bad as the war."
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